Vehicle certification documents submitted to the Australian Government have confirmed two things about Subaru's incoming Levorg wagon: it will feature the same 197kW/350Nm 2.0 litre turbo flat four as the WRX, but will only be available with a CVT automatic.
If you were hoping for a manual-equipped, wagon-bodied alternative to the WRX, you're fresh out of luck. The news is no great surprise, however.
But, for those who have been waiting for a successor from Subaru for the Liberty GT, that wait will soon be over.
Since it was announced for a mid-2016 local launch, Subaru Australia has billed the Levorg as a performance-model, with local chief Nick Senior saying it "will appeal to those fourth generation Liberty GT buyers who have been starved of a logical successor".
That means the top-dog turbo 2.0 engine was always going to be in the offing.
Subaru sells the Levorg with a 125kW 1.6 litre petrol turbo in Japan and the UK, but Subaru Australia hasn't applied to have that model certified for local sale. The company is clearly content to stay out of the mass-market small/midsize wagon segment for now.
But while Japan-spec Levorg 2.0 turbos boast an impressive 221kW of power and 400Nm of torque (the same as Japanese-market WRXs), Aussie Levorgs will be detuned to 197kW/350Nm to match the output of the locally-delivered Subaru WRX. Still an impressive amount of oomph for a wagon, but a little less so.
Some may be disappointed there won't be a manual option, but we saw this coming too. While the identically-engined WRX has the option of six-speed manual or CVT automatic, Subaru hasn't elected to give Levorg buyers the same choice.
CVT is the only trans you can get, though Subaru's permanent AWD driveline is, of course, standard.
Two grades will be offered in Australia - Levorg GT and the Levorg GT-S. Precise specifications have yet to be announced by Subaru Australia, but the Levorg's certification documents show the GT will roll on 17-inch alloys while the GT-S will get 18-inch wheels.
In Japan, Subaru sells the Levorg 2.0 in GT and GT-S grades as well. Over there, features like LED headlamps, keyless entry and ignition, leather upholstery, power front seats, active cruise control, dual-zone climate control and Subaru's Eyesight active safety system are standard across both grades.
Japan-spec Levorg GT-S models gain deeper-bolstered front sports seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat (rather than the standard 8-way) alloy pedals, alloy scuff plates, sports-tuned Bilstein dampers and upgraded aluminium suspension links.
It's not clear whether Australia-bound Levorg models will take the same feature set, nor do we know how they will be priced.
Expect more information to surface closer to the Levorg's local launch in the middle of 2016.
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